The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953

Book Reviews

material and the significant secondary works relating to the sub-
ject and has succeeded in writing a first-class biography. The
work is a penetrating study of the personnel of the anti-slavery
movement, of their methods, and of the opposition which con-
fronted them. Weld, the central figure, may be depicted in the
role of a crusading evangelist. A contemporary described him
as "a very manly, noble looking man" who "spoke with the
utmost precision and fluency." Weld and his associates "encoun-
tered mobs so frequently that they came to consider a riot as a
part of their introduction."
This study is a worthy contribution to nineteenth-century
history, in spite of the fact that Mr. Thomas has probably un-
wittingly exaggerated the role and the influence of Theodore
Weld. The scholar will find in the book much to interest and
to intrigue him, and the general reader will find enjoyment in
reading history written in a delightfully refreshing style. The
volume should be in every American library and on many college
reading lists.
JEFFERSON DAVIS BRAGG
Baylor University
Selected Writings of Bolivar. Compiled by Vincente Lecuna.
Edited by Harold A. Bierck, Jr. Translation by Lewis Ber-
trand. New York (Colonel Press), 1951. 2 volumes. Pp.
lii+xiii+8 22. Illustrations.
The years 1807-1810o saw the initiation of the Spanish-Amer-
ican independence movement. Aroused by the inequalities of
Spain's colonial system, a small group of criollos began its
struggle to break a pattern of life that had been molded by more
than three centuries of political restrictions, economic hardships,
and social barriers. These men of wealth and property, of which
Sim6n Bolivar was one, seemingly attempted the impossible-
that the movement succeeded was due largely to the leadership
of Sim6n Bolivar.
The Banco de Venezuela, which made the appearance of these
volumes in English possible, has widely distributed this work
to libraries and institutions of higher learning in the United
States. Their purpose was to acquaint the English-speaking na-

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